Intel acquires McAfee
In what became one of the largest information security purchases of all time, chip giant Intel announced its plans to <a style="color: #ed1e24" href="http://bit.ly/1zMk0pN" target="_blank">acquire</a> McAfee in August 2010 for nearly $7.7 billion. Under the agreement, Intel leveraged Santa-Clara, Calif.-based McAfee’s intellectual property to better integrate security into its silicon technology. The purchase signaled Intel’s interest in securing web-enabled devices, including mobile phones, medical instruments, ATMs, cars and televisions.
HP acquires ArcSight
Hewlett-Packard (HP), one of the world’s top PC markers, <a style="color: #ed1e24" href="http://bit.ly/1zMk6hi" target="_blank">set its sights</a> on ArcSight in September 2010, when it announced its plan to acquire the company and, in doing so, provide its customers with increased IT monitoring and management offerings. Under a $1.5 billion deal, software security and compliance solutions provider ArcSight came under HP’s wing. The deal allowed Palo Alto, Calif.-based HP to take on ArcSight’s security information and event management (SIEM) portfolio and further its “holistic” approach to enterprise security.
Dell acquires SecureWorks
In January 2011, Dell <a style="color: #ed1e24" href="http://bit.ly/1pO7qq3" target="_blank">signed a definitive agreement</a> to acquire SecureWorks, an Atlanta-based information security service provider offering managed security and consulting services. Dell said, in a statement, that the purchase stood as its latest strategic investment to expand its portfolio of enterprise-class IT-as-a-service solutions and grow its capabilities as a managed security services provider (MSSP). An SEC filing later disclosed that Dell paid $612 million for SecureWorks. The following year, Dell struck another major deal, acquiring database and IT management software vendor Quest Software for $2.4 billion.
IBM acquires Trusteer
In a deal that reportedly hit the $800 million to $1 billion mark, <a style="color: #ed1e24" href="http://bit.ly/1vdhl4m" target="_blank">IBM acquired Israel-based Trusteer,</a> a firm specializing in helping the financial services industry thwart advanced cyber attacks. The August 2013 move helped IBM beef up its security portfolio, as Trusteer managed a number of services that could broaden IBM’s catalog, namely, fraud and malware protection offerings.
FireEye acquires Mandiant
Milpitas, Calif.-based network security firm FireEye closed out 2013 with a major acquisition, <a style="color: #ed1e24" href="http://bit.ly/1hlXBtU" target="_blank">buying</a> incident response security firm Mandiant for just over $1 billion in cash and stock. The deal, which closed in late December of last year, was officially announced days later on Jan. 2 by Alexandria, Va.-based Mandiant, a firm that gained notoriety by publishing an in-depth report in 2013 on a China-based cyber espionage group, dubbed “APT1.” In May, FireEye also entered into an agreement to acquire nPulse Technologies, a Charlottesville, Va.-based network forensics firm, for a reported $70 million in cash and stock.
Thoma Bravo acquires Blue Coat Systems
In December 2011, business assurance technology provider Blue Coat Systems, announced that it had <a style="color: #ed1e24" href="http://bit.ly/1w0Rjbp" target="_blank">been acquired</a> by private equity investment firm Thoma Bravo for $1.3 billion. In adding Sunnyvale, Calif.-based Blue Coat to its roster of its investments, Thoma Bravo made its fifth security and IT technology platform purchase. Prior to that, the firm acquired Entrust, SonicWall, LANDESK Software and Tripwire.